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5 gadgets that could be great Xmas presents from 7dayshop.com

5 gadgets that could make great Christmas presents

Here’s just 5 “buyable” items from 7dayshop.com. They include a smart way to watch TV, extending your Wi-Fi easily, tiny-sized storage for your movies and music, a high-spec great price tablet and how to avoid your phone running out of juice at the worst moment. They could make great Christmas presents for friends and family who love a bit of handy technology or perhaps a gift to yourself. Freeview TV on your phone You can watch Freeview TV on your smartphone,…

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Row of modern mobile phones on white (photo: graphicstock.com)

90% of world’s population over age of 6 “set to have a mobile phone”

Mobile phones will be available to vast majority by 2020, says communications firm Ericsson It forecasts that 90% of the world’s population over 6-years-old will have a mobile phone within 6 years. And smartphones are expected to soar in popularity. There have been 800 million new smartphone subscriptions in 2014 – bringing the total to 2.7 billion globally, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson mobility report, which is a comprehensive update on mobile trends. But this smartphone figure is predicted to…

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Northern Lights: stunning photos and Aurora Borealis explained

The Northern Lights are nature’s very own incredible light show. With eerie luminous streaks running across the sky, they have long been a source of fascination and wonderment. The Northern Lights are also known as the aurora borealis – named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. Scientists have discovered that the Northern Lights are created when particles thrown out by the sun during solar explosions interact with the atmosphere in…

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The holodeck in your living room: Microsoft RoomAlive

Microsoft has developed the RoomAlive prototype that creates an augmented reality in a room – and has been compared to Star Trek’s famous holodeck. Imagine if you could turn your front room into something else or another place – and that you could interact with its inhabitants and immerse yourself in that environment? Microsoft has unveiled a system that could just be a step towards turning that into a reality. The RoomAlive project uses projectors, depth cameras and a computer to create an…

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Street lanes for mobile phone users in China

How’s this for an idea? The city of Chongqing in China has created separate pedestrian lanes for mobile phone users – handy given people’s adherence to their devices. We’ve all seen people looking at their mobile phones or texting, heads down as they walk along  – risking the potential of bumping into other people. The photo above was tweeted by CCTVNews, the English news channel of China Central Television (CCTV) and shows a lane in operation. And as our mobile devices become more and…

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World’s highest capacity SD memory card – 512GB – unveiled by SanDisk

There has been a 1,000-fold increase in SD memory card capacity in little more than a decade, says manufacturer SanDisk. In 2003, SanDisk unveiled its first 512MB SD card and has now unveiled what it says is the world’s highest capacity SD card on the market with a 512GB capacity. The company says the new 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world colour and stutter-free 4K…

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Could shouting charge your mobile phone in future?

If you have ever shouted at your mobile phone, it could actually do some good in the future. Using sound to charge a mobile phone could become a reality, according to new research. A team from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and mobile phone maker Nokia have created an energy-harvesting prototype – a nanogenerator – that could be used to charge a mobile phone using everyday background noise. That could be traffic, music or even our own voices. The…

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Could your phone store millions of photos – in fact “your life” in a few years?

Imagine storing 32 million photos on your phone? Or what about the equivalent of 11 years of home video footage? Surely, that isn’t possible? Well, it might not be possible yet – but could there be a huge jump in memory storage? Could you “store your life” on your phone? Technology company HP says it is developing technology that it says could lead to a phone with 100 terabytes (TB) of storage – and that is one heck of a lot of storage. Just take a…

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